Faculty of Education

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedPeninsula First semester (extended) 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Sivanes Phillipson


This core unit is designed for early childhood professionals in order to enhance their own professional practice. Students will engage in a critical analysis of early childhood research that informs their practice and the practice of others. The characteristics of early childhood educational research are discussed, particularly as this relates to constructing appropriate questions or problems for investigation, critical review of literature, and research design. Students will engage with early childhood research that challenges traditional thinking.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. critically read and analyse early childhood research literature
  2. understand the relationship between epistemology, methods, and methodology in the early years research
  3. understand ethical practices in early childhood research
  4. lead evidence-based research to inform practice in early childhood education.


Written assignment (4000 words, 50%)
Written assignment (4000 words, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 24 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 3 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • 21 hours independent study per week